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AC Milan sign Fernando Torres Permanently

Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan on a permanent basis in January.

Torres, 30, moved to the San Siro on a two-year loan deal in Augustand will complete a permanent transfer to the Serie A club on 5 January.

He joined Chelsea from Liverpool for a then British record transfer fee of £50m in January 2011.

The former Liverpool striker helped win the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup while at Chelsea.

In a statement,  Chelsea thanked the 2010 World Cup winner for "his service during the past four seasons" and wished him "the very best for the future".

Biggest transfer fees paid by a British club

£59.7m

Angel Di Maria

Real Madrid to Man Utd

2014

£50m

Fernando Torres

Liverpool to Chelsea

2011

£42.4m

Mesut Ozil

Real Madrid to Arsenal

2013

£38m

Sergio Aguero

Atletico Madrid to Man City

2011

£37.1m

Juan Mata

Chelsea to Man Utd

2014

£35m

Andy Carroll

Newcastle to Liverpool

2011

£35m

Alexis Sanchez

Barcelona to Arsenal

2014

Torres had been linked with a return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid after their president hinted at a deal earlier this month.

Earlier on Saturday, Atletico Madrid assistant coach German Burgos also said a deal was "on the verge of completion".

"He will be a very important reinforcement for the second half of the season," Diego Simeone's number two told Spanish media.

Torres left Atletico for Liverpool in 2007.

The stats

  • Torres cost Liverpool a reported £20m when he signed in 2007 from Atletico Madrid and scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances.
  • He was a member of Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning squad.
  • Despite his record transfer fee, Torres scored just 20 goals for Chelsea in 110 league appearances.

Fernando Torres's career in goals

Atletico Madrid (2001-07)

214 league appearances, 84 goals

Liverpool (2007-11)

102 league appearances, 65 goals

Chelsea (2011-14)

110 league appearances, 20 goals

AC Milan (2014-present)

10 league appearances, 1 goal

Club total

436 league appearances, 170 goals

Spain (2003-present)

110 appearances, 37 goals